Weekend Preview: World Series, not ‘Fringe’

By: 10.28.11  •  22 Comments

World Series: Rangers at Cardinals (Fox, Friday) — Tonight’s deciding Game 7 comes on the heels of last night’s absolutely bananas Game 6, which I enjoyed even though I hate Cardinals fans, Tony LaRussa, all Molinas, and above all else the city of St. Louis. Nevertheless, I’m not such a troll that I won’t admit that it’s been a great series, and the TV critics who are crying about a World Series Game 7 bumping “Fringe” and hurting the debut of “Grimm” and season premiere of “Chuck” should be pushed into an industrial turbine.

Grimm (NBC, Friday) — Series premiere. As modern fairy tale adaptations go, I’ll admit that this looks less stupid than “Once Upon a Time.” By the way, I should mention that “Grimm” star Claire Coffee (“The West Wing”) did one of those always-enjoyable Me in My Place photo shoots for Esquire. Claire was a classmate of mine at Northwestern. For a long time she dated a guy who’s now in Blue Man Group, who’s close friends with my roommate the Arby’s guy. “Cool story, Hansel.”

Chuck (NBC, Friday) — Season premiere. A small but loyal following has kept this show on the air for fifth season. A small, loyal following that doesn’t care about laughably terrible action sequences. When I watch “Chuck” I feel like I’m watching a telenovela version of an American show.

The Simpsons (Fox, Sunday) — Treehouse of Horror episode. From time to time I feel the need to remind you that Treehouse of Horror V is my favorite “Simpsons” episode ever, to the point that this blog is named for a quote from it.

Allen Gregory (Fox, Sunday) — The new animated comedy from Jonah Hill stars Hill as a precocious 7-year-old with gay dads who leaves the gentle embrace of home-schooling for the rough-and-tumble world of public school.

The Walking Dead (AMC, Sunday) — Prep yourself for Halloween with your weekly dose of zombie ownage. Sophia’s still missing, by the way. Jeez, just find her or show us her remains already.

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